June 2023 Meeting — 1st June 2023
Kumbartcho Sanctuary — 6th June 2023
Lake Dyer Camp — 9th June 2023
Our activities include conservation and research-oriented projects, educational activities, and activities which provide opportunities to meet with other people interested in birds and birding and to share experiences.
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We produce a range of brochures and other information on birds in Queensland, and on all aspects of birding in Queensland.
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Bird identification can be difficult, even for experienced birders, and many discussions occur during group walks and camps on this subject.
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We produce a range of brochures and other information on birds in Queensland, and on all aspects of birding in Queensland.
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“Of those bird species known to have been present or to have visited regularly in Australia when Europeans settled in 1788, 1.9% are Extinct and a further 11.5 % are considered Threatened. Some 6.0 % are Near Threatened.”
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Organizations like Birds Queensland assist with scientific research projects by raising money each year and allocating it as grants.
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Birds Queensland is a non-profit organisation that finances its own activities. Our logo is the brightly coloured and beautiful Sunbird which is normally found only between Normanton and Bundaberg.
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Access files, videos and the hardcopy library catalogue
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Welcome to the Birds Queensland member’s area. These pages contain information that will only be available to BQ members.
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The Sunbird

Bush Stone-curlew (Burhinus grallarius) © Ian and Jill Brown

Journal of the Queensland Ornithological Society Inc (Birds Queensland)

The Sunbird is a peer-reviewed journal published by the Queensland Ornithological Society Incorporated (Birds Queensland). The Society’s aim is to promote the scientific study and conservation of birds, with particular reference to the birds of Queensland, and in this it is the sole ornithological journal devoted specifically to birds of Queensland and adjacent northern regions of Australia. It commenced publication in 1970. The scope of the journal covers all aspects of ornithology, e.g. life history, taxonomy, distribution, behaviour and ecology.

Recently, article submission rates have dropped significantly and to ensure The Sunbird continues to achieve its stated objectives the last issue in the current format was released in December 2017 and a new format of The Sunbird was released in late 2019. The new journal will focus on reviewing the status of birds in Queensland annually, based on records submitted and local knowledge. The editors will still welcome contributions from researchers and bird watchers as end papers to the review. Papers may take the form of major articles on specific birds, birds in specific areas or habitats, short notes on birds, or notes on the literature on birds, such as reviews of books or comments on published articles. All submissions except for book reviews and other opinion pieces are reviewed by independent referees.

The Committee decided in 2019 that all Sunbird issues will now be available for download free of charge.

The more recently published articles are available here


For further information on submitting articles, please see Instructions to AuthorsPublication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statement for The Sunbird is also available.

So, why not join us?

  • Monthly newsletter
    Members receive a monthly newsletter except in January.
  • Library
    Access to over 700 electronic files, videos and hardcopy books and magazines.
  • Outings and activities
    The society holds regular monthly camps and walks for members and guests, as well as monthly meetings.
Olive-backed Sunbird (Cinnyris jugularis) © Vince Bugeja